Reflections

On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and the ETV Endowment will show a free preview of a “The Vietnam War,” a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The special showing will be held aboard the USS Yorktown and will last an hour. Following “The Vietnam War,” South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) will show a sneak peek of their own film of veterans’ stories, “Man and Moment: Steve Flaherty – A Voice Returned.”

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series, “The Vietnam War,” tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s popular 2.5-acre Vietnam Experience Exhibit will be open for visitors to tour before and after the documentary preview. Included in the exhibit is a memorial that displays the dog tags of every South Carolinian killed while fighting in the Vietnam War.

Admission and parking to the showings at Patriots Point are free, but tickets must be reserved online in advance at https://vietnamscreeningcharleston.eventbrite.com. Guests are asked to print their ticket and bring it with them to the event.

The series will premiere Sept. 17on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, Sept. 17, through Thursday, Sept. 21. Each episode will begin at 8 p.m. EST. The final five episodes will air Sept. 24-28.

SCETV’s film, “Man and Moment: Steve Flaherty- A Voice Returned,” tells the story of Steve Flaherty, a Japanese man who was adopted at the age of nine by American parents. Flaherty was raised in Columbia, S.C., and later sent as a young man to fight in the Vietnam War, where he was killed in battle. The special will air in its entirety on Sunday, Sept. 17,at 7:30 p.m. on ETV.

Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is home of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum. Visit www.patriotspoint.org for more details, or find us at @patriots_point on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatriotsPoint.org.

Established in 2013, the Yorktown Foundation was formed as a non-profit with the purpose of raising funds for renovating exhibits and maintaining the ships at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. The Yorktown Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a unique learning environment that connects generations by celebrating America’s history and its heroes, inspiring freedom, patriotism, leadership and service. For more information, visit www.USSYorktownFoundation.org

Founded in 1977, the ETV Endowment of South Carolina, Inc. is a non-profit public charity and exists solely to support the programming of SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio, South Carolina's unique media voices in education and public broadcasting. Based in Spartanburg, the ETV Endowment serves the entire state of South Carolina and has been recognized as a four-star charity for the fifth consecutive year by Charity Navigator. The Endowment is a past recipient of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Award for Nonprofit Excellence.